An Undivided Heart

Scripture: Psalm 86:11, ‘Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.’


Observations: The Psalmist cries out to God for help (v1), and he does so for he is devoted to God and trusts in him (v2), but mostly because God is forgiving and good, and abounding in love (v4). There is no god that compares to the Lord (v8), and all nations will one day worship him (v9), for he is great, the only God (v10). Even though the Psalmist is devoted to the Lord, he asks God for two things. Firstly, that he would ‘teach me your way.’ The Psalmist desires to grow in his knowledge of how God wants him to live. But this isn’t just academic knowledge, he e wants to ‘walk in God’s truth.’ He doesn’t just want to grow in his knowledge of God’s will he wants to live it. Secondly, he asks God for ‘an undivided heart.’ Rather than a heart that is divided, so that he sometimes follows God and sometimes his own desires, he wants a heart that is fully devoted to the Lord, a heart that fears the Lord above all things, that puts God first. He desires to praise God with all his heart, glorify his name forever (v12).


Application: Do you know and live God’s will? Do you walk according to God’s truth, or your own truth? We may not always understand the reasons why God says to do or not to do certain things, but do you obey Him anyway? Do you have a divided heart? Do you honour God in certain aspects of your life, but not others? Do you respect God at certain times, but not others? My prayer is that you may have an undivided heart, that you might be fully devoted to him.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, often my heart is divided, because I have a tendency to compartmentalize my life, seeing some things as spiritual activities and other things as secular. But Lord, help me to see everything that I do as an opportunity to worship You and give glory to Your name. Whether I am at home or work, whether I am busy or relaxing, whether I am with Your people or alone, may I walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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